â€œNevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.â€ (2 Peter 3:13)
TheÂ cosmosÂ consists of â€œall thingsâ€â€”every system, every structure, every organism, every process,Â everythingâ€”in heaven and in Earth. Cosmology is the system and study of the whole cosmos. In his final epistle, the apostle Peter outlines four different cosmologies. One is false; the other three are each true but at different times in history.
The false cosmology is that of evolutionary uniformitarianism, the doctrine taught by latter-day intellectuals who will scoff: â€œWhere is the promise of his coming? . . . all things continue as they were from the beginning of creationâ€ (2 Peter 3:4). But this is altogether wrong! The first cosmosâ€”the heavens and the earth which were â€œof old . . . the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perishedâ€ (2 Peter 3:5-6). The primeval cosmos, in which â€œevery thing that he had made . . . was very goodâ€ (Genesis 1:31), was destroyed in the waters of the great Flood.
The present cosmos, â€œthe heavens and the earth, which are now . . . reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly menâ€ (2 Peter 3:7). This â€œpresent evil worldâ€ (Galatians 1:4) was to last many a long year, but â€œthe day of the Lord will come . . . in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise . . . the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned upâ€ (2 Peter 3:10).
But then, out of the ashes of the old corrupt world, so to speak, God will make a new and incorruptible world. â€œWe, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousnessâ€ (2 Peter 3:13).
ThatÂ cosmos will continue forever! â€œThe new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORDâ€ (Isaiah 66:22). HMM